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Dr Lindsey Arielle Davidson has been Lecturer in Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion and Theology at Bristol since 2018. Her research is mainly in Judaism in Greco-Roman antiquity, Biblical Hebrew language, scribal culture, and textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, and related Jewish texts. She teaches Biblical Hebrew and Jewish studies.

Office: Room 1.05, 3 Woodland Road (Department of Religion and Theology), Bristol BS8 1TB

Teams/Tel: +44 (0)117 455 2046

Note recent surname change to Davidson: formerly Lindsey A. Askin.


Research areas

  • Hebrew linguistics, lexicology, and philology (Classical Biblical Hebrew and Late Biblical Hebrew)
  • Scribal culture in Jewish antiquity
  • Greco-Roman Judaism (331 BCE to 200 CE)
  • Textual history (textual criticism) of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint (LXX), and related Jewish texts
  • Aramaic, Syriac
  • Ben Sira
  • Dead Sea Scrolls

Dr Davidson's research profile revolves around scribal culture and language in Jewish antiquity, most of all in the Greco-Roman period stretching 331 BCE to 200 CE in West Asia and Mediterranean. This central focus on Jewish scribes and language takes her into areas of textual history, orality, literacy and education, wisdom, quotation, epigraphy, papyri, translation, multilingualism, and language change. She is also interested in historical and intellectual questions that were important enough for ancient Jews to write about, especially: theology, politics, war, style and rhetoric, health, and ethics.

Current research projects are under "Projects." Publications are under "Research Outputs."

She also maintains a "useful links" website called "The Biblical Toolkit" which bookmarks databases and resources for biblical and early Jewish and Christian studies, for remote work, teaching, and research: https://biblicaltoolkit.wordpress.com/.


Teaching and Supervising

At undergraduate level, Dr Davidson teaches introductory Biblical Hebrew language, Greco-Roman Judaism, and Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition, she also teaches general Jewish studies topics at the introductory level, including Jewish responses to the Shoah/Holocaust, antisemitism studies, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She contributes to much of the teaching in core mandatory units across the Religion and Theology programme.

Prospective postgraduates: open to receiving new queries for MPhil and PhD students.

*Note: she will be going on maternity leave from June 2024 to May 2025 and may not be able to accept new PGR students in this time.*


Highlighted roles (more under Activities)

Secretary of the British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies (2023 - present), previously Treasurer (2020-23)

Co-Director of Second Temple Early Career Academy (2022 - present), previously co-steer (2020-22)

Member of AI for Arts Steering Group and affiliate of Humanities and Data Science Special Interest Group (The Alan Turing Institute)

Editorial board member, Journal of Theological Studies



Past academic roles prior to Bristol

  • Editorial assistant, Journal of Theological Studies (2016-18)
  • Honorary research associate, University of Exeter (2017-18)
  • Visiting postdoctoral Polonsky fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University of Oxford (spring 2016)
  • Supervisor (tutorial teaching), Hebrew and Old Testament papers, University of Cambridge (2015-17)


  • PhD in Divinity, University of Cambridge (Queens' College, 2012-16), supervisor: Professor James K. Aitken (z"l)
  • MA in Biblical Studies, Durham University (Hild-Bede, 2011-12), supervisor: Professor Robert (C.T.R.) Hayward
  • PG Cert in Theory of Education, Durham University (Hild-Bede, 2010-11), Religious Education at secondary level
  • MA Honours (undergraduate) in Divinity, University of Edinburgh (2006-10)
  • Originally from Connecticut / New England area in the US


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